PNP commanders urged to start preparing for pediatric vaccination vs COVID

Published October 23, 2021, 1:48 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) tasked its unit commanders to start coordinating with their respective local government units (LGUs) in securing areas that would serve as vaccination sites for minors with comorbidities amid the government’s decision to expand the pediatric vaccination program.

photo: Ali Vicoy

On Friday, several local government units in Metro Manila started the inoculation of minors in certain hospitals. If allowed by the Department of Health, some LGUs are mulling to conduct the vaccination in their own inoculation sites. At present, at least 23 hospitals across Metro Manila are being used for the inoculation of minors.

PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said the move is to ensure that health protocols are still observed.

“I have tasked police chiefs and unit commanders to maintain close coordination with LGU officials so that they will know what assistance police personnel can provide,” said Eleazar.

“I am also urging police offices to help in educating and encouraging the parents to have their children vaccinated and protected from COVID-19,” he added.

So far, a total of 5,781 adolescents, aged 15 to 17-years-old with comorbidities, have been vaccinated against COVID-19.